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From Greek Ψωροκώσταινα (Psorokóstaina).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. An affectionate name used by Greeks of their homeland; it has intimations of poverty and affection.
    • 1958, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani, London: John Murray, page 208:
      But look how he [Venizelos] found Greece when he started. Do you remember what we used to call her Psorokóstaina - Mangy Betty! And look how he left her, one of the nations of the West with steady frontiers, double the size, friends with Turkey ...